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FEMINISM AND CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE PRACTICE MEETS ‘THE ART OF TREES’

20/11/2017

‘The Arborealists: The Art of Trees’, Art Bermondsey Project Space, 183-185 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UW

13th December 2017 – 12th January 2018

Private View 6-8pm 13th December.

All AICA members are welcome to attend.

Curated by Philippa Beale, formerly of the University of the Arts, this exhibition, at the Bermondsey Project Space, features largely women artists (roughly 70 %!) whose practices address conceptions of landscape and its dominant motif, the tree. Do not expect “boys’ toys” model paint here, or labour-intensive renditions of drab Midlands’ suburbs and their woods – a combination of the Sink School and Victorian twilight traditions. Rather this show features a whole spectrum of challenging contemporary encounters with nature, from British and French artists, who share a creative confidence in whatever they do: phenomenological-interventions in the form of drawings and watercolour; environmental paintings and experimental printmaking; political and personal geographies in acrylic, oil and mixed media; psychological spaces in oil and film; re-imaging and the “un-natural” in casein ink, oil paint and mixed media; and “memoryscapes” as etchings and paintings.
There is a current tendency for discussions on contemporary art practice to define an artificial division between urban-based and rural-based art practice. Yet the leitmotif, the tree, is a constant presence in both geographies, while its cultural resonance encompasses a vast confluence of faiths, ethnicities and socio-economically-determined lifestyles. Far from looking back, artists such as the loose-association of Arborealists, and their guest artists, are concerned with looking forward. There could be nothing more inclusive than the tree in art, existing as it does in a shared natural space of all our lives and creative minds.
Artists on show: Jemma Appleby, Richard Bavin, Philippa Beale, John Blandy, Brandy-Dalschaert, Hannah Brown, Buckmaster-French, Stella Carr, Gary Colclough, Tim Craven, Blaze Cyan, Michelle Dovey, Joanna Greenhill, Abi Kremer, Ffiona Lewis, Hannah Maybank, Fiona McIntyre, Julian Perry, Howard Phipps, Michael Porter, Lesley Slight, Angela Summerfield (AICA-member). Catalogue available.

 

Image: Angela Summerfield ‘Un-natural Nature: Tree Portrait (2)’  oil on canvas 49x49cm